Boomkat Product Review:
Dimension-dissolving newness from the Stanford University student and acclaimed sound artist, Holly Herndon. Continuing to explore the parameters of her own voice and hi-end digital processing with an avant-pop appeal, the two pieces on 'Chorus' emphasise the natural fidelities of human vocal timbres whilst relishing in the possibilities of polyphonic effects and the innate voices of her laptop. For the title track she samples her daily digital life, from browsing the internet and Youtube to using Skype and other applications, to create a fractal maze of splintered inflections, gasps and phrases that defy the track's grooving, linear qualities. By turns, that meticulous arrangement is sharply contrasted in the one-shot improvisation of 'Solo Voice', where Holly's voice is left pinging around a blank, minimalist space like a game of pong with five "balls" that morph, sub-divide and replicate like bacteria under a microscope. Techy as you like.